Graeme Kennedy is a retired Professor of Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. He was the Director of the English Language Institute from 1982 to 1993, and Director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre from 1997 to 2003. With Tony Deverson, he edited The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary (2005).
Born in New Zealand, he completed his PhD at the University of California in Los Angeles. He has held teaching or research positions in several countries. His major research interests have been in second language acquisition theory, corpus-based linguistic analysis, the grammar of English, and Deaf Studies, including New Zealand Sign Language lexicography, and New Zealand English lexicography. He was founding Director of the Deaf Studies Research Unit at Victoria University from 1993 to 2001.
At the invitation of the Deaf Association of New Zealand, he led a major research project to compile A Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language (Auckland University Press with Bridget Williams Books, 1997) and A Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language (Bridget Willams Books, 2002).
Structure and Meaning in English: a Guide for Teachers (Longman, 2003)
A Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language, editor (Bridget Williams Books, 2002)
An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics (Addison-Wesley-Longman, 1998)
A Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language, editor (Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books, 1997)